Ozzie & Harriet: Separate Rooms
Run time 24:55Audio/Visual sound, black & white
The boys want separate rooms.
Originally aired on Feb. 6, 1953 (season 1, episode 19).
Don't bother downloading the h.264 file; the Cinepack file from which it is derived is smaller.
September 4, 2016
Why Didn't They Have Separate Rooms?
Shots of that house in the opening of later episodes show a 3000 sq ft 2 1/2 storey house that I'd imagine had 4 or 5 bedrooms. The newer house in the late 50's shows a house with at least 3 bedrooms. That always bugged me about this episode, even back when I saw it as re-runs. Almost as annoying as Ricky never letting Lucy be in the show. Sophia Petrillo was right. Why couldn't she be in the show? Not one of my favorite episodes, but OK, nonetheless. A little depressing.
Ozzie was either a lawyer or a band leader. Almost never any reference to it, but somewhere in the series both were alluded to. I think you were supposed to assume Ozzie was a bandleader because that was his former occupation for which he was famous. I think Harriet was his singer and they eventually got married.
I love the Nelsons. I just can't believe they're not alive anymore. The earth is a lesser place.
July 2, 2012
But what exactly did Ozzie do for a living, anyway?
When this episode aired, there was little to suggest that ABC would survive longer than a few more years, and it seemed more likely DuMont would survive. A few days later (February 9), after the merger between ABC and UPT was approved, ABC was the one likely to survive and DuMont was heading towards oblivion.
What would have been better would have been merger between the networks, creating a stonger network with the best assets of each. Both networks thought this would a good idea, but Paramount Pictures, who owned a stake in DuMont, vetoed the merger.
So.....DuMont was gone by August 1956, and ABC struggled during the 1950s, 1960s, and to some extent to the early 1970s.
(I noticed that much of this episode consists of the lights turned off. Whether this was for budget reasons, I don't know)